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Have Mercy

Have Mercy (An Ode to Moe)

I woke up to the sound of a voice and it told me
Death is coming here and I can't let the borders hold me
I could climb aboard a ship and Maybe I will die slowly
But maybe I will have a chance to live

I wish I had a choice but believe me I don't have that 
I was shipped in a box on a boat full of rat packs
I swam through the waves and almost sank with my knapsack
I woke up in a place that wants me gone

I'm a man from a land where the law is gunna hurt me 
I tried to live free but it's just not working 
You got a proud flag, could it be water for the thirsty?
Can you open up your door?
Can u please have mercy?

It is rampant on the news, a bias forms their attitudes
And i'm sorry for whatever all these people put you through
But terror is a feeling, not a thing that I would do
It hurts to know so many want me gone

It's like banging on a bolted door 
And I can hear their voices
They are praying for the strength to keep on making christian choices
I do not want to steal your jobs
Or drive your rolls-royces 
I simply need a place to lay my head

I'm a man from a land where they all wanna hurt me 
I tried to live free but it's just not working 
You got a proud flag! Will it be water to the thirsty?
Can you open up your door?
Can you please have mercy?

Copyright © Kyle kriticos | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 5/1/2016 6:44:00 PM

    Thanks for your comment and I know what your saying isn't true not everyone is like that! By the way this poem is not about any experiences I have had I wrote it as if I were someone else (a refugee)
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 6:26:00 PM

    I am so sorry what you've been through Kyle! Not all of us are like that in your poem, thank God!:)